US women ready for action at Women’s World Cup
The United States will begin its quest for another Women’s World Cup title on Tuesday. The USWNT will play Thailand at 3 p.m. ET, eager to defend its 2015 title. The U.S. has won three of the eight World Cup tournaments and enters this year’s ranked first, while Thailand is ranked 34th. With a wide array of talent, the U.S. is expected to win the match, though the two teams haven’t played each other since 2016. In that friendlies matchup, the U.S. coasted to a 9-0 victory. The U.S. will look to lean on the experience of star players such as Julie Ertz, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd to build momentum for what it hopes will be another championship run.
SportsPulse: The USWNT’s World Cup journey begins against Thailand. USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour tells you what you need to watch in the U.S.’s first game in France.
Southern Baptists expected to address sexual abuse at convention
Sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Church is expected to be front and center when representatives from more than 50,000 congregations gather for their two-day annual convention starting Tuesday in Birmingham, Alabama. In February, a report from the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News found sexual misconduct allegations against 380 Southern Baptists who held formal church roles. Many were convicted of sex crimes and some are still in prison, but others continued to work in churches. Convention President Greear, a North Carolina pastor, pledges to address the issue, saying, “We want our churches to be as safe as possible as soon as possible.”
Get your gaming geek on: It’s E3 2019
Hardware manufacturers, software developers and gaming fans galore will be on hand Tuesday as the 25th Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019 (E3 2019) opens in Los Angeles. E3 is the largest video game showcase in the U.S. and is globally influential in forecasting what’s to come in the industry. Even before the official start of E3, tech giants have made major news: Microsoft said it will bring a new video game console, currently codenamed “Project Scarlett,” to market in 2020, and there’s been buzz about Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service and new “Star Wars” and “Doom” games.
USA TODAY reporter Mike Snider breaks down the biggest releases and newest developments coming out of E3 this year.
Investigation resumes after deadly helicopter crash in NYC
Federal investigators are searching for clues Tuesday as to why a helicopter pilot flew over restricted New York City airspace. The helicopter collided into a building on 7th Avenue resulting in a fire in the heart of midtown Manhattan, according to officials.The crash onto the roof of the AXA Equitable building occurred on a gray, rainy day close to both Rockefeller Center and Times Square, immediately evoking memories of the Sept. 11 attacks. A flight restriction in effect since President Donald Trump took office bans aircraft from the area — aircraft are not allowed to fly below 3,000 feet and within a 1-mile radius of Trump Tower, which is just a few blocks from the crash site.
After the recent New York helicopter crash, many are starting to question the safety of choppers. With Uber Air debuting its helicopter ride-sharing service next month, are helicopters a safe mode for transportation? We explain.
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Sex abuse crisis in the spotlight as US Catholic bishops meet
U.S. Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Baltimore Tuesday will be under heavy pressure to acknowledge their failures in dealing with the church’s sex abuse scandal. In the past year, many dioceses have become targets of state investigations since a Pennsylvania grand jury report in August detailed hundreds of cases of alleged abuse. Last month, Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new law requiring priests and nuns worldwide to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities. The bishops will also be considering the creation of a third-party reporting system for abuse allegations.
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